Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Increasing Evidence Points to Major Role Birds Have in Spreading Lyme Disease

Back in 2010, Yale reported the increasing evidence that pointed to migratory birds spreading Lyme disease not just between states but around the world.

A team led by School of Public Health researcher Maria Diuk-Wasser analyzed studies on 71 bird species that host the black legged tick, the main carrier of Lyme disease. Continue reading

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RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

RIP Dr. Willy Burgdorfer: Scientific Community in Mourning

The discoverer of the spirochete that causes Lyme disease passed away yesterday, November 17, 2014.

In 1982, researcher Willy Burgdorfer, a researcher and expert in spirochetal diseases at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, along with his colleague Alan Barbour, M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  The scientists had been studying a large number of ticks in an effort to determine the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Continue reading

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Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

Progress with Lyme Disease Medical Debate

At the root of Lyme patients’ struggle for care is a heated debate within the medical community over how best to diagnose Lyme disease, the reliability of laboratory tests and the major difference between the definitions of chronic Lyme disease versus post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS).

Chronic Lyme disease assumes an active disease which continues to cause symptoms and PTLDS assumes a disease that has been treated Continue reading

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The Risk of Getting Infected With Lyme Disease in the Bedroom

The Risk of Getting Infected With Lyme Disease in the Bedroom

Research gathered by a group of international scientists was presented at the annual Western Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research.

The study was conducted by an esteemed group of researchers and the abstract was published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine.  The following was reported by Online PR News following a presentation made in Carmel, California. Continue reading

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Watch Out For Autumn Lyme Disease

Watch Out For Autumn Lyme Disease

Female ticks produce over 3000 nymphs that are amongst the most infectious type of tick, and almost impossible to see.

Imagine taking a jar of pepper and throwing it up in the air on a windy day. Think about that when you are outside anywhere during this autumn and the wind picks up. Continue reading

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Why is Publishing a Number for the Lyme Disease Epidemic Guesswork?

Why is Publishing a Number for the Lyme Disease Epidemic Guesswork?

Lately, most people either know someone personally who is suffering with Lyme disease, or they know someone who is close to someone suffering with Lyme disease.

Unfortunately, even though the Lyme disease Epidemic (better referred to as Borrelia Epidemic) continues to snowball, there are no real numbers that can be tallied.   Continue reading

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The Mystery of Lyme Disease

The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Four months ago, a 44-year-old woman was referred to me by her audiologist and ENT for acute deafness of the right ear. She is a healthy woman without any past medical history and was not on any medication. Her otolaryngologist (ENT) could not find any physical reason for the patient’s acute unilateral deafness, including a negative CAT scan. She was being referred to me to determine if there was an infection etiology for her deafness.
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Successful Protest in New York City to Support Victims of Lyme Disease

Successful Protest in New York City to Support Victims of Lyme Disease

The tide has turned and a groundswell of support is forming for people who are too sick to fight for themselves.

The protest which was announced in the New York Times Article recently  was a great success and apparently caught the attention of the Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren. Continue reading

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New FDA Regulations Could Stop Innovative Test Development for Lyme Disease

New FDA Regulations Could Stop Innovative Test Development for Lyme Disease

The FDA wants to move forward with regulations to restrict cutting edge laboratory developed tests (LDTs), which have not required FDA approval before, requiring FDA approval for all LDTs and effectively blocking critical innovation. 

Why would the FDA should restrict any  cutting edge lab test when the medical marketplace will drive the success of any test based on its success rate?  In this case the restrictions are very far reaching. Continue reading

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Share Your Struggle With Chronic Lyme Disease – Katie Couric Wants You!

Share Your Struggle With Chronic Lyme Disease - Katie Couric Wants You!

Are you struggling with chronic Lyme disease? (Oops, I forgot, there is no such thing as chronic Lyme disease – just ask Dr. Alan Steere) Well, instead of the mass media outlets ignoring chronic Lyme disease, they are now requesting stories. Continue reading

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Beyond Headlines: Lyme Disease Interview with Amy Tan and Dr. Stricker

Beyond Headlines: Lyme Disease Interview with Amy Tan and Dr. Stricker

This groundbreaking interview is well worth watching as it makes some claims that those of us in the Lyme community have believed for a long time – and it is GREAT to hear it on mainstream news finally, such as a possible one million new cases per year – yes, that is still probably an understated number but much closer than 20,000 or even 200,000 per year.

I also love Ms. Tan’s definition of healthy: “…if you can do all the things you want to do.” Fo many that should be inspiring and for others something to shoot for.

I still believe in my heart we can get rid of Borrelia completely by removing all the hiding places (parasites, biofilms, etc); having the correct “killing protocols” that work for our unique physical make-up (including immune system), co-infections with correct length of treatment; correct fitness (enough sleep, proper diet); and finally nutritional supplements for symptoms, recovery, strength and energy as well as general health.

Watch here: http://neuro-lyme.com/videoblog/amy-tan-and-dr-stricker-interview/

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It Could Be Worse: Chagas

It Could Be Worse: Chagas

Chagas, or the “Kissing Bug” appears to be on the rise.  For those of us with chronic Lyme disease, which many consider incurable once it has been in the body for a certain length of time, Chagas is also incurable unless it is treated at the onset like Borrelia burgdorferi.  Unlike, Bb, Chagas is a parasite that enters the host after the bug bite is itched – usually on the face (which is why it is called the “Kissing Bug”) but the fatalities are alarming. Continue reading

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Heather Askeland Is Finally Out of Pain

Heather Askeland Is Finally Out of Pain

Heather was in the midst of a severe relapse in her long fight with neurological Lyme disease.

I published her plea for help along with many others in April of this year (see http://neuro-lyme.com/videoblog/heather-needs-our-help/).

She recently took her own life to escape her excruciating mental and physical pain.  She will be missed.

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Our Suffering With Chronic Lyme Disease – Will I Kill Myself?

Our Suffering With Chronic Lyme Disease - Will I Kill Myself?

When you suffer for days, weeks, months or even years…with pain that will not stop – or with fatigue that is so profound, you feel like a corpse (not a walking corpse because you are so weak you can barely struggle to the bathroom – no, it is a prone corpse).

You think about suicide. Let’s face it, we all have thought about it when the pain and suffering overwhelms us, and we feel there is no one who cares or understands.  Friends try to relate Continue reading

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A New Vaccine For Babesia?

A New Vaccine For Babesia?

Based on the science of a new vaccine for malaria, there is now hope that a vaccine could be developed for Babesia, a common co-infection of Lyme disease.

Dr. Richard Horowitz, a Lyme specialist in New York recently posted: “A study recently published in the journal Science may hold the key for both the prevention and treatment of Babesiosis. Continue reading

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Fantastic Article From Huffington Post

Fantastic Article From Huffington Post

This is the kind of public attention Lyme disease has desperately needed. Written by blogger/author C.M. Rubin,  “Chronic Lyme Disease” is implied throughout the entire article – a plea for better diagnostics entitled, “The Global Search for Education: Ticks – Research We Need”.

Read statements from some of the medical researchers who are presenting at the International Norvect Conference in Oslo Norway this week; including our own Dr Burrascano, Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Sapi. Continue reading

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Maca Combat Chronic Lyme Disease and Boosts Energy

Maca Combat Chronic Lyme Disease and Boosts Energy

Have you ever heard of Maca?

I never had until someone suggested it for extra energy…I will try just about anything to boost my energy – especially now that my recovery is in full swing.

Wow! I was impressed with the supplement I tried, but I hesitate to add yet another pill to my list of supplements and so Continue reading

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Biological Attack – Are We Ready

Biological Attack - Are We Ready

By Jasmine Henriques

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Biological Attack — Are We Ready?

Imagine the nightmare scenario of an attack from a terrorist group or hostile nation. It probably involves a radioactive blast and a mushroom cloud, right? What about an attack that involves germs and surgical masks? How does that factor in? The reality is biological attacks may be just as devastating as the typical terrorist attack. How prepared is the U.S., and what’s the history of biological warfare and terrorism throughout the world?

Where We Stand

The news isn’t good — the U.S. is scarcely prepared for a large-scale infection of the population, whether man-made or naturally occurring. And this is despite spending billions to improve response efforts.
How prepared is the U.S. for a large-scale contagious disease outbreak?
Area Grade
Detection and diagnosis D
Attribution F
Communication C
Medical countermeasure availability D (B for smallpox)
Medical countermeasure development and approval D
Medical countermeasure dispensing D
Medical management D
How much does the federal government spend on preparedness?
$5.5 billion
Annual federal spending on biodefense programs
That’s more than the National Institutes of Health spends on HIV/AIDS, immunization, mental health and women’s health.
Biodefense $5.5 billion
HIV/AIDS $3.1 billion
Immunization $1.7 billion
Mental health $2.3 billion
Women’s health $3.9 billion
$1 billion
Total spent since 2003 on federal BioWatch program, which aims to detect the release of airborne pathogens as a result of a terrorist attack
BioWatch operates in about 30 cities across the country, reportedly including Philadelphia, New York, Washington, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston and Los Angeles, though the cities where it operates have never been officially released, and criticisms about the program remain.
149
Positive results for dangerous pathogens reported since the start of the BioWatch program
0
Actual pathogens detected; all results were false alarms

What They’re Looking For

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list more than 40 pathogens as potential bioterrorism agents; here are a few of the most dangerous:
Anthrax
Spores are found readily in nature, can be produced in a lab and can last for a long time in the environment. Contact with anthrax can cause severe illness in both humans and animals, though it is not contagious.
10%-15%
Survival rate from inhalation anthrax without treatment
55%
Survival rate after aggressive treatment
Symptoms of inhalation anthrax

  • Fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Cough
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach pains
  • Headache
  • Sweats (often drenching)
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Body aches

Botulism
A muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is the most common cause of infection.
6 hours
Most rapid appearance of symptoms
Symptoms of foodborne botulism

  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness

Brucellosis
It’s most frequently transmitted to humans through dairy products, but those who spend time around infected animals are also susceptible, such as hunters, veterinarians and meatpacking workers.
Death from infection is rare (only 2% of cases), but recovery can take several months.
Symptoms of infection

  • Fever
  • Sweats
  • Malaise
  • Anorexia
  • Headache
  • Pain in muscles, joints or back
  • Fatigue

Plague
Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacterium found in rodents and their fleas in many areas around the world. Yersinia pestis used in an aerosol attack could cause cases of pneumonic plague.
Without early treatment, pneumonic plague usually leads to respiratory failure, shock and rapid death.
Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Rapidly developing pneumonia
  • Bloody or watery sputum
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Smallpox
Smallpox is a serious, contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease. There is no specific treatment for smallpox disease, and the only prevention is vaccination.
1949
Last reported case of smallpox in the U.S.
1977
Last naturally occurring case in the world, reported in Somalia
Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Head and body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Rash that develops into raised bumps

Tularemia
Tularemia is a potentially serious illness that occurs naturally in the United States. It is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, which is found in animals (especially rodents and rabbits). Tularemia is not known to be spread from person to person. The disease can be fatal if it is not treated with the right antibiotics.
Symptoms

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Dry cough
  • Progressive weakness

A Brief History

The world is no stranger to people using diseases as weapons.
1000 BC
Arsenic smoke is used by the Chinese.
184 BC
In a sea battle, Hannibal of Carthage hurls clay pots full of vipers onto the decks of enemy ships.
1100s
Bodies of plague or smallpox victims are hurled over city walls.
1495
The Spanish offer wine spiked with the blood of leprosy patients to the French .
1650
Polish artillery general Siemenowics fires spheres filled with the saliva of rabid dogs at his enemies.
1763
British officers come up with a plan to distribute smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania.
1914
German artillery soldiers fire 3,000 shells filled with dianisidine chlorosulfate, a lung irritant, at British troops. The shells contained too much TNT, which destroy the chemical.
1915
Allied troops make their own chlorine gas attacks; Germany comes up with diphosgene gas; the French try cyanide gas.
1917
Germany introduces mustard gas, which burns the skin and lungs.
1936
German chemist Gerhart Schrader comes up with nerve agent tabun (later called German agent A or GA). Two years later, he develops sarin.
1950s
British and U.S. researchers develop VX, a nerve gas so toxic that a single drop on the skin can kill in 15 minutes.
1959
Researchers at Fort Detrick, Maryland breed yellow-fever-infected mosquitoes.
1967
The International Red Cross says mustard gas and possibly nerve agents were used by the Egyptians against civilians in the Yemen civil war.
1969
23 U.S. servicemen and one U.S. civilian are exposed to sarin in Okinawa, Japan, while cleaning bombs filled with the deadly nerve agent.
1972
The U.S. and Russia sign a treaty banning the use of biological weapons, and the U.S. claims by the following year to have destroyed its weapons.
1979
A Soviet bioweapons facility releases a plume of anthrax, killing at least 64 people. Thousands could have died if the wind was blowing the other way. Despite the treaty banning biological weapons, the Soviet program had been going full speed.
1980
Iraq attacks Iran and soon unleashes a mustard agent and the nerve agent tabun, delivered in bombs dropped by airplanes.
1984
Followers of a cult member running for a county judgeship in a local election sprinkle homegrown salmonella bacteria on supermarket produce, door handles and restaurant salad bars in Oregon. Nobody dies, but 751 people become ill.
1994
Residents of Matsumoto, Japan, develop symptoms of illness due to nerve gas. Seven die and 500 are sickened. A second attack in 1995 strikes a Tokyo subway, killing 12 and infecting thousands.
2001
A newspaper editor in Florida dies of anthrax traced to a letter. Anthrax-laden letters also turn up at the offices of ABC, CBS, and NBC in New York. Anthrax is also found in the New York office of Gov. George Pataki. Letters containing anthrax also arrive at the U.S. Senate mailroom.

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SOURCES:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
http://www.wmdcenter.org/
http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx
http://www.securitymanagement.com
http://www.cdc.gov
http://www.webmd.com

ONE RESPONSE TO BIOLOGICAL ATTACK — ARE WE READY?

  1. Aug. 2013, the regime of Bashar al-Assad uses Sarin nerve gas on neighborhoods in the Ghouta region, Damascus, Syria, during a Syrian Arab Army offensive to capture rebel-held areas. More than 1,000 people, perhaps as many as 2,000, mostly civilians, were killed when rockets filled with tons of Sarin gas were fired from Syrian Arab Army (regime loyalist) strongholds in the capital city. UN investigations concluded that the chemicals came from Syrian Arab Army stockpiles.

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New Book by Dr. Horowitz a Big Success

New Book by Dr. Horowitz a Big Success

If you haven’t read it yet, please order a copy of “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.” by Dr. Richard Horowitz.

Although you may be disappointed if you think it will give you a treatment solution for your particular disease cocktail, the book is jammed full arguably one of the most experienced (if not the most experienced) Lyme-literate MD in the US today.

My disappointment runs deeper, as it has with many of the top LLMD’s, best selling authors, and lecturers who have gained their fame and status as experts re: chronic Lyme (more accurately chronic Borrelia) Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Halperin

Ask Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Halperin

Last October (2013) Katie Couric produced a very interesting interview with Dr. Horowitz as a promotion of his book, “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.”

Questions from the public about chronic Lyme disease were submitted and answered by Dr. Horowitz. Continue reading

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Parasite Infestations Can Mimic Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease

Parasite Infestations Can Mimic Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease is the “Great Imitator”, as most of us know (especially for the poor souls who have been misdiagnosed and treated with the wrong medicine (such as steroids for joint pain – the worst treatment possible for Lyme!)

When I think of the quantities of sushi I have eaten over the years, and the time spent in barns and riding horse (where you are exposed to the very worms that we treat horses routinely for) I can see where I could easily have a wide range of parasites – many benign, but they still offer a hide-out for Borrelia to avoid any killing protocol we try.

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Cowden Protocol

Cowden Protocol

Dr. Horowitz, one of the foremost Lyme literate MDs in America refers most of his chronically ill patients to Dr. Cowden’s  (shown above) protocol if they fail their antibiotic treatment or are unable or unwilling to take antibiotics.

So many have had complete success with the protocol (Dr. Horowitz says 70% of his patients recover who go on Dr. Cowden’s protocol), but let’s be honest – it isn’t an easy protocol, Continue reading

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Keeping Love Alive with Chronic Lyme

Keeping Love Alive with Chronic Lyme

The ability to freely move and maintain independence is often taken for granted.

Unfortunately, these abilities can quickly be taken away from us without warning. Lyme has the ability to cause extreme weakness, fatigue, and all the other fun symptoms that we are all familiar with.

Not only is the life of the person directly affected, but the lives of those around them. Continue reading

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